This happened on May 25th

By | May 25, 2012

Originally published on May 25, 2007:

On May 25, 1977 the movie Star Wars was released. 

In 1961, as part of the State of the Union address, President John F. Kennedy  announces plans to send men to the moon. “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.”

In 1935  American athlete Jesse Owens sets six new world record within 45 minutes at a Big 10 meet at Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Also in 1935 the 41 year old Babe Ruth, playing for the Boston Braves against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field hit three home runs.  The last that day reported as “a prodigious clout that carried clear over the right field grandstand, bounded into the street and rolled into Schenley Park.”  The first ball hit out of Forbes Field.  That home run was number 714 and was to be the last of his career.

In 1865 in the city of Mobile Alabama an ordnance depot exploded. 300 people were killed.  In the nearby Mobile River, two ships sank, and a man standing on a wharf was thrown into the river.  From the explosion came fires, which burned until the entire northern part of Mobile lay in smoking ruins.

In 1792 Kentucky is admitted as the 15th State of the United States of America.   Four years later in 1796 Tennessee become the 16th State.


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